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Averett University and Danville Community College are partners on the Passport Transfer Program. It allows local students who fail to gain acceptance into Averett the chance to earn credits at DCC, which will ultimately qualify them for admission to the university. (Danville Register & Bee)

Centra, a Lynchburg-based health-care provider, was denied a certificate of public need by Virginia to build two outpatient operating rooms in Danville. Centra also has requested permission to establish a diagnostic imaging center in the city. That request is still pending. (Danville Register & Bee)

The Danville-Pittsylvania IDA received $500,000 from Virginia to help fund planning for the Berry Hill Mega Park, a 3,700-acre business park under construction in Pittsylvania. (Danville Register & Bee)

IRflex Corp. of Danville received a $2 million grant from the Virginia Tobacco Commission to set up a manufacturing operation for mid-infrared fiber. The company also has received $2.5 million in research and development contracts through government sources. Mid-infrared fiber technology has a number of potential military uses, including protection of aircraft from missiles and detection of explosives. (Danville Register & Bee)

Luna nanoWorks in Danville received $1.65 million in federal stimulus funds over a three-year period to advance work on organic or plastic solar power cells. The cells would be less costly and more lightweight than traditional silicon cells, but a number of hurdles remain before they are as efficient as present designs. (Danville Register & Bee)

Martinsville and Henry County received $1.5 million in grant funds from Virginia for site improvements to the Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre, a 730-acre business park that is being readied near the Virginia-North Carolina line. (Danville Register & Bee)

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